On another country the State Department reports: “The penal code prohibits homosexual relations, defined as ‘carnal relations against the order of nature,’ and provides for at least three years of imprisonment. . . . Human rights activists reported that there was overt societal discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all aspects of society. There were also reports of extremist groups threatening LGBT activists. Local media reported numerous instances in which security forces used accusations of homosexuality as excuses to detain, arrest, and torture civilians. The number of these instances was difficult to determine as police rarely reported their rationale for arrests. Furthermore, social stigma prevented many victims of such abuse from coming forward, even when accusations were false.”
And then there is this: “The penal code criminalizes public consensual same-sex sexual relations for men and women, and there is no specific legal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. The law stipulates penalties that include imprisonment of two months to two years and fines of DZD 500 to DZD 2,000 ($6 to $25). If a minor is involved, the adult may face up to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of DZD 10,000 ($125).”
You won’t be surprised to know the examples are Iran, Syria and Algeria. Indeed, there is probably no worse place on the planet for the LGBT community the Middle East, save one very significant exception. One wonders if any envoy would ever be allowed entry into some of the Middle East countries that are the worst offenders. So why doesn’t, you know, the president take this up, make it a topic of negotiations? (Are we not permitted to “get on our high horse” since we have had a past rife with discrimination toward gays?) It is noteworthy that in the latest National Security Strategy released by the administration no mention of Iran’s human rights record is included.
The president seems never to consider this is one of many signs — along with other egregious human rights violations — that these countries have an outlook inimical to our own. Well, the president is busy ending wars so that means he’s making deals with and acquiescing to the demands of the same leaders who persecute the LGBT community in their countries.
Now, back to the one country in the Middle East that stands out: “The law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the government generally enforced these laws, although discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity persisted in some parts of society. A lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) violence prevention center and hotline established in 2012 reported it received 50 cases of violence and discrimination between August 2012 and October. In 2012 police opened 18 investigations of physical violence offenses and 24 investigations of verbal violence toward members of the LGBT community.”
That nation would be Israel, the one country in a sea of human rights abusers routinely vilified by leftists around the world. It is almost like the “human rights” activists don’t really care about the LGBT community, at least when it conflicts with their larger agenda.